Admission to ACT's Teacher residency Program


We seek people from diverse backgrounds who are innovative and perseverant workers, rigorous and inquiring thinkers, and reliable and worthy role models for children.  Applicants should be deeply interested in teaching and engage collaboratively with other adults and children.  Prior to admission, applicants should have completed a BA from an accredited college or university.  Experience working with children is an asset in terms of developing seriousness of commitment to teaching, but it is not a requirement for acceptance to our program. The Arbor Center for Teaching is an equal-opportunity employer.


To speak with us and request a campus visit, please contact us.  You may also contact our Teacher Residency Director, Annmarie Chesebro, at or 503.638.6399. We welcome visits and admissions inquiries at any time.

Application Process

September 1, 2019: Applications open. Candidates apply to the Arbor cohort through Pacific University.

March 15, 2020: Preferred deadline. Applications received by this date will have priority status.

April 20, 2020:  Final deadline for application to the 2020-2022 cohort.

Tuition and Financial Support

  • Current tuition to Pacific is $709 per credit for the 41 credit MAT.

  • Financial aid and scholarships are available through Pacific.

  • Arbor offers a monthly stipend.

  • Summer employment opportunities at Arbor School.

  • On-campus housing available (rent-free, $75/month for utilities).